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Timothy O'Brien



Tim O'Brien, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, teaches Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change. His research focuses on adult development, identity formation, experiential learning, clinical teaching methods, and leadership education. Tim also teaches at INSEAD business school as a leadership consultant for the Management Acceleration Program and served as faculty for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Programs in Professional Education.

Tim’s commitment to Human Resource “Development” began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines in the education sector and continued in the Washington DC Public Schools system where he reformed coaching and evaluation practices. Subsequent experience with monitoring & evaluation at state and district levels of struggling and failing schools across the country greatly informed his thinking of organizational development, evaluation and change management. Tim trains and consults with tri-sector organizations to help leaders orchestrate systemic interventions and overcome powerful status quos that resist learning, innovation, and adaptation.

Tim holds a B.S. from NYU and an Ed.M from HGSE where he is an advanced doctoral student in Human Development. He is a member of The Academy of Management and The A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and he serves on the board at the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems in Boston. He earned his 100-ton captains license while directing sail-training programs aboard traditionally-rigged wooden schooners in the Atlantic and Caribbean.




Art and Practice of Leadership Development

Designed to engage participants as learners, teachers, and as leaders. Experienced professionals analyze a variety of leadership teaching methods and techniques.  Click for Details.


Leadership for the 21st Century

Designed to challenge fundamental assumptions about how to courageously and effectively exercise leadership and authority for the purposes you care about most.  Click for Details.


Global Change Agents

Designed to get participants to explore deeply held assumptions, perspectives, and beliefs about leadership, power, influence, and what it means to effect change and make real progress.  Click for Details.



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